God said to be sure His commands were in our hearts. We need to live God’s Word, not just know about His Word. If we live God’s Word our children will learn it as they watch how we live. As parents and grandparents we need to talk about God’s words at home, as we live our everyday lives from the time we wake up in the morning, throughout the day and when we go to bed at night. We need to watch for opportunities to connect our day-in-day-out lives with God’s Word so our children see what it means to know the Lord is our God!These are very specific instructions for parents and grandparents – the church needs to be prepared to support and encourage as well as equip parents and grandparents as they intentionally love God and live His Word in their everyday lives before the eyes of their children. We can do this by providing opportunities for parents and grandparents to participate in classes and discipleship groups so they can grow in their walk with God and by utilizing unified curriculum with the children in our ministries. A curriculum with a unified scope and sequence means all ages of children learn the same Bible lesson the same week – parents can then continue the learning at home by building on those lessons all week long!
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – Israel, listen to me. The Lord is our God. The Lord is the one and only God. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength.The commandments I give you today must be in your hearts. Make sure your children learn them. Talk about them when you are at home. Talk about them when you walk along the road. Speak about them when you go to bed. And speak about them when you get up. Write them down and tie them on your hands as a reminder. Also tie them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses. Also write them on your gates.
There are very specific instructions for parents and grandparents in God’s Word when it comes to teaching our children, but there are also specific instructions for God’s people as well.
Psalm 78:1-7 – My people, listen to my teaching. Pay attention to what I say. I will open my mouth and tell stories. I will speak about things that were hidden. They happened a long time ago. We have heard about them and we know them. Our people who lived before us have told us about them. We won’t hide them from our children. We will tell them to those who live after us. We will tell them about what the Lord has done that is worthy of praise. We will talk about his power and the wonderful things he has done. He gave laws to the people of Jacob. He gave Israel their law. He commanded our people who lived before us to teach his laws to their children. Then those born later would know his laws. Even their children yet to come would know them. And they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God. They would not forget what he had done. They would obey his commands.
We need to listen to God’s Word and then pass on the truth of His Word to the children so they will be able to do the same for “children yet to come”. We have to be sure we don’t “hide” God’s Word and the amazing things He has done from our children – we need to tell them “what the Lord has done that is worthy of praise” and “talk about His power and the wonderful things He has done” . . . and then most importantly, show by how we live we truly love God and His Word!
We need to be sure we are teaching and intentionally living God’s Word before the eyes of the children in our ministries. Children watch everything we do . . . they may not always listen, but they always watch what we do. We want our children, and the children yet to come to know God’s Word and put their trust in Him. We want them to remember and choose to obey Him. They will be the ones who will one day be the parents, grandparents and leaders in the church who will tell future generations about God. Let’s be sure we live God’s Word and show His love in all we do. Let this be the motivation which guides all we do in children’s ministry!